Facebook Buys Beluga
Facebook today announced that it has purchased a start-up called Beluga. Beluga, which is a small company made up of three ex-Google employees, has developed a group text messaging application. Beluga believes that selling to Facebook will help expand its user base. Facebook hasn't announced exactly what it will do with Beluga's service, but it could fit well with Facebook's existing mobile offerings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
Facebook Testing Messenger-Based Personal Assistant
Facebook is trialling a smart personal assistant that will live inside its Messenger application and complete various tasks for users. For now, the assistant is called Facebook M and Facebook claims it will be superior to competing products.
Facebook Inks Music, MLB Deals
Facebook upped its media game this week with new deals that give its users access to more content. First, the company has struck a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group.
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